"Bologna - Rimini - San Marino" Italy by speed4turtles
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Bologna has a long and proud history as a place many wished to conquer but few could subjugate. The region in and around the city was first settled during the Bronze Age, over three thousand years ago, by tribes known as the Villanovese.
After centuries of being fought over by pagan peoples, Christians began to fight over Bologna.
Bologna was worth fighting for: it's strategic location, university (established 1088) and growing wealth from crafts and trade would have made it a valuable addition to anyone's empire.
After Napoleon's empire collapsed, the city passed back into the hands of the papacy, but Bologna once again proved itself intractable; most Bolognesi supported growing calls for all of Italy to unite under secular control, and in 1860 Bologna and the rest of the region joined the newly formed the Kingdom of Italy.
Many Italians today think of Rimini as a beach resort, and few foreigners think of the town at all, which is a pity.
Now there is indeed a large new section of hotels and cabins and parasols strung along two beaches, and many people who live in the plain of the Po make their way to the coast and Rimini on summer weekends.
Historically Rimini was much more important than its modern character would suggest.
Founded as Ariminum, she owes her importance to two straight lines: one natural, the coastline of the Adriatic; the other manmade, the Via Aemilia, an ancient Roman road designed to bring agricultural produce from the fertile inland plain of the Po to harbor and sea transportation to Rome.
Ariminum was pretty much the southernmost point along the coast that you could get to from northern Italy over flat terrain.
The third smallest state in Europe (after the Holy See and Monaco) also claims to be the world's oldest republic. According to tradition, it was founded by a Christian stonemason named Marinus in 301 A.D. San Marino's foreign policy is aligned with that of Italy. Social and political trends in the republic also track closely with those of its larger neighbor.
San Marino's three fortresses are worth a visit. The castles are perched along the cliffs of Monte Titano, where they offer panoramic views of the local countryside, the Italian resort of Rimini, and the Adriatic coast. A museum of antique weapons occupies one of the torre; you'll find more museums in the old town.
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